Earlier this year, the researchers (Christopher Avery) published another report (with Caroline Hoxby from Stanford) demonstrating that high-achieving, low-income students typically fall into two groups: One group follows the normal application patters of application in which students apply a few to institutions at which they feel they belong, a few that they feel are slightly above their level, and a few `safe bets` below their own level. But the other group of high-achieving, low-income students only applies to non-selective HE institutions. The latter group tends to come from districts, too small to support selective
public high schools, are not in a critical mass of fellow high achievers, and are unlikely to encounter a teacher who attended a selective college.
The report shows that universities looking for these talents tend to focus their efforts on a very limited number of high schools and would be well advised to broaden their access & diversity programmes to a wider pool of smaller districts.
Report available through firstname.lastname@example.org.